(Anetholea anisata) (Syzygium anisata)
Also commonly known as Aniseed Myrtle
Anise Myrtle is a very rare plant from sub-tropical Australia.
Used as a spice, it imparts a delightful liquorice flavour to sweet or savoury dishes. Try using it in place of star anise in curries, or mixed with sweet potato before roasting. It’s also a simple and delicious addition to smoothies, green juices, yoghurt or muesli.
Perfumed with the aromas of liquorice and a delicate sweetness, Anise Myrtle Tea is both uplifting and delicious. It’s great either freshly brewed or chilled into a refreshing iced tea.
Why should you include Anise Myrtle in your diet?
Super-charged vitamin and mineral content
This super plant has amazing benefits as it contains high levels of:
- Antioxidants – 6 times more than blueberries. Antioxidants help the body by fighting free radicals caused by environmental stressors.
- Vitamin E – 16 times more than blueberries
- Lutein –39 times more than blueberries. Lutein is an element known for its importance in eye health.
- Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Manganese
It’s also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial– an important aid in maintaining gut health and of interest for the food preservation industry.
Anise Myrtle contains the ingredient Anethole, which gives it its sweet liquorice flavour and imparts a range of health benefits. Notably, Anethole is anti-inflammatory and has traditionally been used to assist in weight loss by flushing excess fat from the body.
RECIPES: View recipes using Anise Myrtle.
Sources: Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods, I. Konczak et al , 2009 RIRDC Publication 09/133
Focus on Anise Myrtle, RIRDC Publication 14/110